Robert Fink
Chair, Music Industry Minor Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley



Robert Fink is Vice-Chair of the Herb Alpert School of Music Faculty, Vice-Chair of the UCLA Musicology department, and Chair of the School's Minor in the Music Industry. His research focus is on music and culture after 1950, with special interests in minimalism and experimental music, the history and analysis of Afro-diasporic popular music, and the politics of contemporary art music. He is currently one of the editors of Musicology Now, the official blog of the American Musicological Society

His first book, Repeating Ourselves, a study of American minimal music as a cultural practice, appeared in 2005 from the University of California. The Relentless Pursuit of Tone, a co-edited collection on timbre in popular music, is forthcoming from Oxford. Other recent published work appears in the Journal of the American Musicological Society (an essay on analyzing Motown’s rhythms, which was honored by the Popular Music Interest Group of the Society for Music Theory), The Oxford Handbook of Opera, and the Cambridge Opera Journal.

Before coming to UCLA, Professor Fink taught at the Eastman School of Music (1992-1997), and has been a visiting professor at Yale University (2006) and a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (1998-99). 

Professor Fink is a 2015 recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Prize and Graduate Mentoring Prize. His UCLA lecture course on "The History and Practice of Electronic Dance Music" was the first of its kind at a major university; it was named the "Best College Pop Music Class" of 2002 by Spin Magazine. He also teaches on Motown and Soul, the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the History of Popular Music, and on pop music and politics in UCLA’s long-running interdisciplinary Freshman Cluster on America in the 1960s. His dissertation advisees have won tenure-track positions at Smith College, the University of Texas at Austin, UC Irvine, University of Richmond, University of Delaware, and the Southern Methodist University, among others.

Professor Fink is a past president of IASPM-US, the US Branch of the International Society for the Study of Popular Music, and has collaborated on numerous conferences and professional gatherings, most recently Inside the Gearbox, a day of discussion and celebration at UCLA of John Adams on his 70th birthday. More information and unpublished work.

Professor Fink also has significant professional experience as a consulting musicological expert in copyright litigation, including informal consultation, formal reports and legal depositions.  Email contact is preferred; fees and availability upon request.